At RMLBC the preaching of the Word of God is central to all we do. When Paul was discussing his ministry with the elders in Ephesus, he said that he had not shrunk back from declaring to them the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). This is our goal as well. With the help of God, working through the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to expose the glory and wonder of Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture.
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Past Series and Topics
Joseph, Judah, and Jesus
Unto You Is Born a Savior (2 sermons, Christmas 2016)
Biblical Guidelines for Managing Your Money (2 sermons)
The Lord’s Prayer (8 sermons)
Study in Jude
How to Be a Parent
More on Marriage and Family
Death by Impulse
Missions and Evangelism
Messages on the Glory of God
Apologetics: Knowing and Defending the Christian Worldview (9 sermons)
Sin and How You Ought Not Do It (9 sermons)
Motivated by God’s Reward of God (2 sermons)
Making Choices and Christ’s Redemption (2 sermons)
Persecution Produces a Pure Church (3 messages)
When Disciples Become Apostles (2 messages, January 2013): The twelve disciples of Jesus went through a process that turned them into the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:1-3). Discipleship has to do with coming in to learn and grow while apostleship has to do with being sent out with authority. Christians today are charged to follow the same basic process. Come in to Jesus and learn from him, then go out for Jesus to represent him in the world.
I Desire Mercy and not Sacrifice (4 sermons, Fall 2012): When we deeply meditate on Jesus’ words, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’” (Matt. 9:13; quoted from Hosea 6:6), we come close to the heart of God. This series of four messages demonstrates how much powerful and life-changing information can be packed into just a few words of Scripture.
Drowning Swine (8 sermons, Spring 2012): This series of sermons came from the story of Jesus casting out Legion, a horde of demons infesting a man in the land of the Gadarenes (Matthew 8:27-34; Mark 5:1-20). These messages also provided the foundation for the book Drowning Swine.
Difficult Questions Christians Ask (13 sermons, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011): These sermons answer some of the more difficult questions Christians ask about a variety of topics including which holidays Christians should celebrate, the role of women in ministry, the question of free will, how to handle depression, and whether Christians should ever use credit. The Word of God is full of principles and truths that answer all of these questions, though sometimes the answers are a bit complex.
The Fruit of the Spirit (10 sermons, Summer of 2010): God does not save us for being good. Rather, he saves us because we are bad. However, when he does save us, he does not leave us to continue wallowing in our sin. The apostle Paul teaches us that when God gives us the Holy Spirit, he works within us to produce the Fruit of the Spirit. This series of ten sermons from Galatians 5:16-26 provides an overview of how this fruit develops in the life of every true believer (because of technical issues, three of the messages were not recorded).
Memorial Service for Kyle Mabrey (February 25, 2017): The memorial service for Kyle Mabrey, FLW fisherman and respiratory therapist at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Kyle’s family are a special part of our congregation. This message was designed to both honor Kyle and bring comfort to his family.
Suffering, Deliverance, and the Glory of God (February 19, 2017): Every Christian must face the difficult reality of suffering. God never promised perfect circumstances, but he does promise to deliver his children through every trial. Joseph suffered unjustly for 13 years before God delivered him, and we may have suffer a lifetime before we are delivered. But God promises it will happen, and when it does, he will be glorified in a maximized way!
Only the Son of Judah Could Save Judah (February 6, 2017): In Genesis 38, God turned the scandal between Judah and Tamar into a life-changing moment for them both. Though always a squeamish chapter to preach (or even read), the lessons we learn from this story are monumental. For example, we learn that God is not only sovereign over our lives, but even over our sin.
God Loves Himself Most of All (November 13, 2016): God loves himself more than he loves us (or anything else), and because of this, his love for us is much greater than it otherwise could be.
Work Is More Than Drudgery (September 4, 2016, Labor Day): Many Christians feel like their job is nothing more than meaningless drudgery, and as a result, are often miserable at work. However, when we develop a solid, biblical, and robust theology of work, our view of our vocations changes dramatically for the better.
Every Christian Needs the (Merciful) Church (August 21, 2016): Churches that do not offer mercy are painful churches to attend. They do more harm than good. Every Christian needs the church, but Jude makes a strong point in verses 22-23, namely, that Christians need a certain kind of church—a merciful one. Churches who want to be biblical must seek to conform to what the Bible says a church should look like, and mercy is a mark of a church that is truly seeking to follow and obey Jesus.
Peru Mission and Dry Bones (July 10, 2016): As RMLBC made preparations for the 2016 Arequipa, Peru mission trip, this message from Ezekiel 37:1-14 was used to motivate the congregation to focus on the gospel as our primary purpose for going on mission.
The Four Loves Today (February 14, 2016): A sermon for Valentine’s Day 2016 from 1 Corinthians 13. With the publication of The Four Loves in 1960, C.S. Lewis expanded our understanding of true biblical love. This message follows his lead in explaining the different forms of love that people exhibit, experience, and enjoy.
God the Multiplier (October 25, 2015): God is known for his ability and willingness to multiply things. In Jude 2 we find him multiplying mercy, peace, and love to his people on an unimaginable scale.
Ehud Stabs Eglon (October 4, 2015): In a relatively obscure passage of Scripture (Judges 3:12-30), God raised Ehud to deliver Israel from the hand of the oppressive king Eglon. Ehud, a left-handed Benjaminite, successfully conquered Eglon in a most clever (and humorous) way. In so doing, he points our eyes to Jesus, who delivers his people from every oppressor, including the devil.
Takers and Givers (September 13, 2015): When driving, givers user their blinkers while takers tail-gate. All people fall into one of two camps — you are either a taker or a giver. In Luke 6:27-31, Jesus taught us to be givers.
What Causes Quarrels and Fights (July 14, 2015): Why do people rant on Facebook? Why do married couples rage against one another? What is at the root of our contempt and disdain for other people? And what is the solution to the war? Find the answers in this message from James 4:1-3.
Do You Need a Crisis (March 1, 2015): It could be that you will never fully come to Jesus and trust him until a major life crisis forces you. In this message, learn from a persistent, faithful, knowledgable Gentile woman what to do when a crisis hits you.
Two Ways to Lose Your Head (January 25, 2015): In Matthew 14:1-12, the story is told of how John the Baptist lost his head. But he wasn’t the only one who lost his head in this passage. So did Herod the Tetrarch, only he lost his head in a much different and (though it may be surprising) a much worse way.
How the Image of God Stops Racism and Abortion (January 18, 2015): In a dark, sinful world where many have a superiority complex that leads to the hatred and oppression of others (whether weaker or different), a strong belief in the foundational doctrine that all human beings are created in the image of God is the antidote.
Choosing Your Team (September 28, 2014): Every person is born into this world as a member of Satan’s team. But there is good news: God’s grace has made it possible for people to change teams!
Using God’s Law Lawfully (September 7, 2014): There is a way to obey God’s law in an unlawful way. This message answers the question: What is the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law? Answering this question properly will have a profound impact on your Christian walk.
No Joke, You Need His Yoke (August 24, 2014): Human beings are by nature yoked creatures. That is, we are not independent masters of our own existence. We are yoked to some master; we all follow someone. The question is: Who are we yoked up with? We are either yoked to the world in some form or to Jesus whose “yoke is easy” (Matt. 11:30).
Show Me Your Glory (March 16, 2014): People will never be happy or satisfied apart from the glory of God. We are made for his glory in every way, so we malfunction whenever we live our lives apart from it. In this message, learn what it means to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Learning to Listen (February 23, 2014): Learning to listen is a requirement of spiritual maturity and progress. If we are merely hearing the words of Christ, and not internalize them, we will never fully understand the way of salvation, and our growth in him will be stunted. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice” (John 10:27).
Stealing Billy the Goat: Understanding and Applying Justification by Faith (June 30, 2013): Using the illustration of a stolen goat, Pastor Jason explains how God justifies guilty and helpless sinners by grace alone. By dying on the cross, Jesus made it possible for our sin to be transferred to his moral account, while his perfect righteousness is transferred to ours. This is how we can be saved as a free gift (Gal. 2:15-16).
The Death of Ivan Ilych: The Lies of Cultural Conformity and the Confrontation of Death (June 23, 2013): Leo Tolstoy’s famous and powerful novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych, provides a rich metaphor for many biblical truths. In this message, the basics of that great story are remembered and connected to several passages of Scripture resulting in a number of critical lessons for our lives.
Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves (February 24, 2013): In Matthew 10:16-20, Jesus uses four animals to help explain how apostolic ministry works. As believers, we are sent out as sheep among wolves, which means we must be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.
Jesus Christ: A Man of Five Cities (August 5, 2012): We often ask the question “Where are you from?” because a person’s place of origin is a major part of their identity. For Jesus, he is known as a man from five cities.
The Purpose of Problems (March 25, 2012): What would life be like if we had no problems? Sounds great, but it’s hard to imagine. In fact, a major part of our lives could be defined as “problem management.” When the disciples nearly drowned in a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27), they learned first hand how problems are truly solved.
What Does it Mean to Know God (December 4, 2011): Knowing God truly means knowing more than facts about him. It means knowing him directly and personally.
Noah’s Story (September 26, 2010): Pastor Jason Dollar “becomes” Noah in this message in order to convey the wonder of God’s grace through the flood from the first person point of view (Genesis 6-9).
Problems with Presumption (April 25, 2010): A message from Matthew 3:9, where Jesus confronts the Pharisees about their sinful presumptuousness.